file: Tobi Amusan
UTEP freshman hurdler Tobi Amusan clocked the fourth-fastest 100m hurdle time in the world for 2016 on Saturday afternoon at Kidd Field in the UTEP Springtime.
Amusan got out of the blocks and dashed to a second-place finish with a personal best time of 13.06. Evonne Britton, who was competing unattached, registered the fastest time in the world for 2016 with a readout of 13.00 to edge Amusan.
“Tobi, Rasmus (Maukonen) and Florence (Uwakwe) all had very good performances today for us in our opener,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “The wind played a factor in some distance races, but other than that, it was a good day.”
Rasmus Maukonen took gold in the javelin throw with a personal best mark of 73.64m on his way to recording the eighth-longest throw in the nation.
Florence Uwakwe had a stellar day in the short sprints. She was the anchor leg in the women’s 4x100m relay team (Tyler Ragin, Amusan, Yanique Bennet and Uwakwe) that won gold with a time of 45.47 and she also collected a first-place showing in the 200m dash with a time of 23.72. The Nigerian also boded well in the 100m dash with a personal best time of 11.77 to place fourth.
The aforementioned Bennett of the 4x100m relay team also took home gold in the 400m hurdles with the sixth-fastest time in program history (1:01.09). Yinka Oyebanjo-Odofin took third in his 400m hurdle race with a personal best time of 56.84.
Throwers Adebola Akomolafe and Fayon Gonzales had strong showings in their respective events. In the hammer throw, Akomolafe finished second with a personal best heave of 52.22m and Gonzales placed fourth with a personal best of 50.55m. In the discus, both women finished inside the top eight. Gonzales placed fifth with a toss of 45.23m and Akomolafe took sixth with a mark of 45.21m.
The Miners distance contingent of Winny Koech (4:47.23) and Gladys Jerotich (4:50.53) took first and second place in the 1,500m run. On the men’s side of that event, Cosmas Boit captured second place with a time of 3:56.34. Daniel Cheruiyot (3:58.60/personal best) finished sixth and
Evans Kiprono (4:03.53) placed eighth. Kiprono also paced his way to a second-place showing in the 5,000m run with a time of 15:27.06.
A trio of Miner men took third place in their respective events. Sven Zellner ran a 14.33 in the 110m hurdles, Asa Guevera clocked a 400m dash time of 47.95 and Daniel Tarango ran his 800m race in 1:58.27.
Isak Washington took fourth place in the 200m dash with a personal best time of 21.28 and placed sixth in the 100m dash with a wind-aided time of 10.68.
The men’s 4x400m relay squad of Carnell Horn, Tarango, Jonah Koech and Guevara took gold to close out the meet with a time of 3:17.86.
The Miners will return to action next week at the Texas Relays.
To view Andres Acosta’s photo essay on the meet, click HERE.